Sun, 10 August 2014
August 3, 2014
Synopsis: What do you think is the hardest part of any prayer? Could it be, “Not my will, but your will be done”? What does it take to come to the point in your relationship with God that you can trust the Father’s will whatever it may be? Jesus did!
My sermon starts with a look at the story of the leper who came to Jesus for healing (Matthew 8:1-4). “Lord” the man said, “if you are will, you can heal me and make me clean.” He was right to believe Jesus could heal him. He was right to trust his fate to the will of God. Jesus reached out and touched him and said, “I am willing.” What wonderful joy must have filled his heart as he felt the touch of Jesus’ hand and heard those words from Jesus’ lips. It is and should be a glorious moment for us whenever we hear from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Our struggle with the will of God comes when God’s will for life differs from what we desire. The Apostle Paul knew that struggle all too well (2 Corinthians 12:1-10), but he was not the along in this struggle. Jesus knew it too. He had to in order to qualify as our intercessor (Hebrews 4:14-16). Nowhere in Scripture is that struggle more apparent than when Jesus came to the end (Matthew 26:38-39). His prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane demonstrates the severity of His struggle. Because He chose the will of God over His own will you and I have a Savior who is constantly interceding with the Father on our behalf.
Now it’s your turn to trust His will for you. Jesus in the Lord’s Prayer taught us to pray for God’s will to “be done on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew, NRSV). The way of eternal blessings if found in the will of God, not us.
Scripture Text (NLT): Matthew 7:28-29, 8:1-4,(NRSV); 2 Corinthians 12:1-10; Hebrews 4:14-16; Matthew 26:38-39
Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 12:1-10